U.S. President Donald Trump posted a video message to his social media accounts on Wednesday (December 3), in which he repeated unfounded accusations about the election being rigged and said he would keep up the fight against the outcome.
Trump, who spoke from behind a lectern with the presidential seal, posted a two-minute version of the message on Twitter, and a longer 46-minute version on Facebook.
“We already have the proof (of election fraud). We already have the evidence and it’s very clear. Many people in the media, and even judges, so far have refused to accept it. They know it’s true,” said Trump.
“Ultimately, I am prepared to accept any accurate election result and I hope that Joe Biden is as well. But we already have the proof. We already have tens of thousands of ballots more than we need to overturn all of these states that we’re talking about… the results of the individual swing states must be overturned and overturned immediately. Some people say that’s too far out, that’s too harsh. Well, does that mean we take a president, and we’ve just elected a president where the votes were fraudulent? No, it means you have to turn over the election,” added Trump.
Trump has refused to concede the Nov. 3 election and his lawyers continue to file legal challenges to the outcome, alleging electoral fraud without providing evidence. State and federal election officials have repeatedly said there is no such evidence. Most of the lawsuits have been rejected by judges.
“It is statistically impossible that the person, me, that led the charge lost,” said Trump.
“Everyone is saying, wow, the evidence is overwhelming when they get to see it,” he added.
At a White House holiday reception on Tuesday night, Trump appeared to acknowledge that those efforts could fail and in that case he would run again.
A source familiar with the internal debate says Trump has been discussing with advisers not attending the inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20 but instead announcing his 2024 bid that day. The source said there had been no decision. Only a handful of outgoing U.S. presidents have chosen to miss the swearing-in of their successors.
President-elect Joe Biden has already selected many of his top national security and economic advisers, although it is unclear how many will win confirmation in a closely divided Senate, control of which will be determined by a pair of January runoff elections in Georgia.
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